Milton Keynes Hospital will KEEP free parking for staff despite national uncertainty

    Milton Keynes Hospital will continue to provide free parking for all staff, after a government health minister said it 'cannot continue indefinitely'.

    The question of parking being provided free of charge to Hospital staff has been called into question after a health minister said the government is looking at how long this support will "need" to go on.

    A headline on the front page of the 'i' newspaper today states "Free parking for NHS staff will be scrapped".

    But Director of Corporate Affairs at Milton Keynes Hospital Kate Jarman tweeted to say: "Parking for all staff is free at Milton Keynes Hospital - has been free since last year and will stay free."

    The comment has been retweeted by the CEO at Milton Keynes Hospital.

    MPs have been calling for clarity on the national picture following a written response from Health Minister Edward Argar.

    In response to a written question from Labour MP Rachael Maskell, he said: "The provision of free parking for National Health Service staff by NHS Trusts has not ended and nothing has changed since the announcement on 25 March."

    "However, free parking for staff has only been made possible by support from local authorities and independent providers and this support cannot continue indefinitely."

    Mr Argar said the government wants to make good on its promise of free hospital parking for the disabled, frequent outpatient attendees, and parents of sick children who are staying overnight and nightshift workers.

    He continued: "Implementation of this commitment has been on hold whilst the NHS has been managing the COVID-19 pandemic and devoting its hospital parking capacity to staff and other facilities necessary for managing the pandemic."

    Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Layla Moran has called for clarity and said NHS workers must not be "saddled with extortionate parking charges".

    She said: "Removing parking charges for staff at the outset of COVID-19 was the right move. Our healthcare workers deserved to have certainty that they could get to work without extra charges or hassle.

    "Now the government must provide clarity and ensure our workers are not saddled with extortionate parking charges. We also need to see more efforts to promote green transport options for our healthcare workers."

    Additional reporting by Sky News.

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